At the end of each month, we curate a collection of must listens to keep you in the loop. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary-pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, we’ve got you sorted.
August brought us one of the music videos of the year so far, a flurry of brilliant EPs from London and three heavy hitters linking up over a classic sample.
Flatbush Zombies – Afterlife (Prod. James Blake)
The Glorious Dead have returned with a new single produced by none other than James Blake. The accompanying video is one of the standout visuals this year and sees the Brooklyn trio go x-ray as they hit all the pockets on a menacing instrumental.
In an interview with Complex the trio confirmed that they have an album’s worth of content ready to go with the English artist – we are ready.
Aminé – Limbo
Portland rapper Aminé teamed up with a cohort of massive names including Vince Staples, Young Thug, Summer Walker and Slowthai for his sophomore album. Having already released three singles, ‘Shimmy’, ‘Riri’ and ‘Compensating’ in anticipation of the album, the writing was on the wall for what is one of 2020’s catchiest bodies of work.
NAYANA IZ – SMOKE & FLY
NiNE8 COLLECTIVE‘s NAYANA IZ has come through with an impressive debut EP that highlights her lyric dexterity and ability to weave compelling narratives through a myriad of styles. Unbeholdant to any one style NAYANA IZ takes pleasure in pulling apart any predetermined expectations.
The standout track comes in the form of the explosive ‘TNT’. Check out all the things that inspire NiNE8 COLLECTIVE outside of music.
Rasharn Powell – Twelvemonth
Quickly becoming a favourite at District with each subsequent release, Rasharn Powell has a penchant for capturing those same intimate moments that are frequently found on a Frank Ocean album. The stories that unfold in the backseat of a car, the fresh heartbreak that coincides with the end of summer and with his latest effort he’s said it sits ‘within dusk and dawn’.
His latest record ‘Twelvemonth‘ is a vibrant sun-kissed anthem to blare out with the top down.
Pillow Queens – Holy Show
Pillow Queens released ‘Holy Show’ this month, a beautifully nostalgic song about young love.
The Dublin-based girl band teamed up with director Kate Dolan to create an equally beautiful video for ‘Holy Show’. It perfectly depicts the complex emotions in a relationship of two young women played by Eavan Gaffney and Agnes O’Casey
Pillow Queens released the single ‘Holy Show’ in preparation for their album ‘In Waiting’, which is expected to come out at the end of September.
((( O ))) – ‘iFeel’ Feat. FKJ.
Last week, ((( O ))) released ‘iFeel’ with FKJ. FKJ, whose tunes are endlessly chill produced the song for rnb singer.
((( O ))), also known as June Marieezy is an American-Filipino singer. Herself and FKJ teamed up before on his song ‘Vibin’ Out’, which was released in 2017.
In ‘iFeel’, ((( O )))’s light and silky voice alongside FKJ’s trance-like composition is ethereal.
Lethal Dialect – K District
August saw Irish hip hop veteran Lethal Dialect come through with a new video for ‘K District’ from the final album of an iconic trilogy.
As expected, the wordplay is next level and the sharp visuals bring another layer to a cut paying homage to the local area.
Black Noi$e – OBLIVION
Detroit artist Black Noi$e has DJ’ed for Earl Sweatshirt for a number of years and in August became the first artist to release on Earl’s Tan Cressida record label.
The producer enlisted a plethora of artists to complement his manic loops and erratic samples including Earl Sweatshirt, Mike, Danny Brown and Zeeloopers among others.
Alongside the traditional album release, Black Noi$e shared a live visual experience on Youtube that features all the artists that made appearances on the album.
Kasien – I Found Paradise in Hell
Following an appearance on ‘Eskimo Ice’ from the latest The Streets album Kasien has dropped his debut solo EP ‘I Found Paradise in Hell’.
Bringing a UK twist to the trap beats that frequent the streets of Atlanta, the London trendsetter balances a healthy dose of braggadocio with blunt and honest reflections on a difficult childhood.
Top tier production on this, bump on your speakers LOUD.
Headie One – Ain’t It Different Feat. Stormzy & AJ Tracey.
Put simply, this is a huge record. Featuring production from Fred Again and Toddla T, three of the UK’s finest joins forces over an inspired instrumental.
Sampling both ‘Pretty Little Ditty’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was subsequently sampled in Crazy Town’s ‘Butterfly’ as well as an interpolation of Lady Saw’s lyrics from her song ‘No Long Talking’, it sees the trio trade bars in what feels like a classic premier league clash for the title of UK’s coldest.
Photo: From Music video for ‘Ain’t It Different’.